By Jim Beard
This November, the Chaos
In the story, the entity known as Glory goes head-to-head with Thor as the alien-god attempts to make all the Chaos King's dreams come horribly true.
"The thing that makes Glory so interesting-to me, at least-is the fact that he's not one single god: he's the embodiment of an entire pantheon," says DeMatteis. "Imagine if all the gods of Asgard were one being, contained within the body of Odin, and you'll get some sense of just how powerful
|CHAOS WAR #4 cover by Dan Panosian|
"In other words, he's not just powerful: he's mean, depraved. Cosmically mean and depraved. His view of life, the universe and everything is incredibly dark, brutal; tearing down Creation alongside Chaos is a no-brainer for Glory."
The writer's quick to point out that though the series' cast remains small, Thor will not be alone in his balancing of the scales against Chaos.
"The Thor and Glory elements are all about the big and cosmic," DeMatteis notes of the story. "There's an opening battle between the two that's pretty epic and [civilian] Becca is there to ground the story in humanity."
Speaking of humanity, DeMatteis admits there's an element to the Thunder God that makes the character tick for him, one that fuels his imagination for CHAOS WAR: THOR.
"What I love most about the character is the [Don] Blake-Thor metaphor: the human being who thinks he's something small and limited, yet, in truth, he's a god," he shares. "One of the most powerful beings in the universe. To me, that speaks to the truth about what we all are. We go through our lives creating limitations that often aren't there, believing the
|CHAOS WAR: THOR #1 cover by Tommy Lee Edwards|
The humanity represented by Becca and the man inside the god stand as DeMatteis touchstones to the larger world of storytelling, one that he feel serves as the connection point with his readers on CHAOS WAR: THOR and all his other projects.
"To me, if the human element isn't there, the story's a failure," he explains. "That, as noted above, is why the Thor-Becca connection is the heart and soul of the story. But that very human connection also links up with that theme I mentioned when answering the question of what makes Thor work for me: the idea that within each one of us, no matter how small and limited we may seem, is a power beyond imagination."
DeMatteis' imagination will be aided by that of artist Brian Ching on the series.
"Brian's work is new to me, but what I've seen so far is terrific," says the writer. "He seems perfectly suited to both the cosmic and human elements of the project. I look forward to seeing what he does with the story."
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